Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer is not your typical Christmas fare, getting drunk and playing poker with the Devil, but it shares much in common with tales like A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life: Sharky’s a fella who’s “an alcoholic, and…an awful gobshite,” and whose “life is in tatters,” but who comes to appreciate that his family, friends, and the time that he has to share with them are the greatest gifts for which he might ask. Working on this great piece of dramatic literature, at this time, with these people, has been hugely challenging and tremendously rewarding, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity and the lessons learned.
Thanks to everyone who was a part of The Seafarer. We had a great cast, a crack crew & creative team, and grand support from our audiences and our production partners at Birmingham Festival Theatre. For myself and from the rest of the company, I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and a smashing New Year.
— Pat McCall